As part of a new occasional series of interviews here on Six Log, we're going to be talking to people who actually make stuff, as opposed to the usual interviews with people who just talk about stuff. The goal is to help focus attention on interesting new technologies related to weblogs, and to discuss some of the ideas that influence weblog culture.
Our first interview subject is Paul Bausch, author of Amazon Hacks. Paul was an early and influential developer in the weblog community who's definitely helped make things, with an impressive roster of creations that includes Blogger and the Pyra application while at Pyra, the book We Blog, the popular SnapGallery photo album script, and most recently Amazon Hacks, his new book published by O'Reilly as part of their popular Hacks series of guides for geeks.
PB, as Paul is usually known online, shares that common geek trait of being more inclined to build new things than to spend time on self-promotion, and so a talk with him offers a good opportunity to discuss some less-known areas of his expertise, such as permalinks, weblogs and journalism, and the potential of Amazon Web Services.
And stay tuned, as we'll posting info about the Movable Type Amazon Hack discussed in the book. Paul's even cooked up an exclusive Amazon Hack just for TypePad users, which we'll be posting details about soon as well.
I've released XML::Atom, a Perl implementation of all things Atom. The goal for XML::Atom is to provide an implementation of the syndication feed format, the API, and the archiving format planned for Atom. Currently, it provides support for the feed format, and an implementation of a client for the API.
The API implementation in XML::Atom implements (most of) the API described in Joe Gregorio's Atom API Revision 7, using the WSS authentication mechanism described here. By default, the implementation uses the REST format of the API (and the X-WSSE header), but it also supports the SOAP header mapping.
This is actually version 0.02. 0.01 was released on September 8, 2003, and used the almost-Digest authentication mechanism described here. This has been replaced in 0.02 with the WSS mechanism. 0.02 also adds preliminary namespace support.
Today's event in Madison Square Park is moving due to rain. We'll be at the Push Cafe, at 294 3rd Avenue. It's a friendly little cafe, complete with wifi, and open to the sidewalk in case the weather clears. From Madison Square Park or the subway lines, it's east on 23rd Street to Third Avenue, and then turn south, where you'll find it on the west side of the street next to Starbucks.
We won't let a little rain stop us! See you all this afternoon.
If you're not able to join us this Saturday in New York, then those of you with an interest in weblogs for business may want to attend the BloggingWorks workshop in Chicago on October 3. Hosted by 37 Signals and Coudal Partners, this day of hands-on seminars should help you find out about how your company can use weblogs, or find out ways to refine the weblogs you've already implemented.
I'll be attending, and I expect that with hosts like 37 Signals and Coudal Partners, BloggingWorks will be an exceptionally informative and compelling experience. We're also planning to offer TypePad discounts to attendees who wish to give the service a try.
As part of our first trip to New York City, we are inviting everyone to join us in Madison Square Park, right near the Flatiron Building in Manhattan, on Saturday September 13th from 2pm to 4pm. Of course, it being New York City, Anil will be there, and our good friend and partner Joi Ito has promised to show up as well.
We're hoping for a chance to get to meet our users, and to gather your ideas and suggestions on how to shape our products. Be sure to pass the word along to your friends as we'll be giving out TypePad discounts and possibly some other treats. Best of all, you can get the chance to meet other webloggers.
All are welcome and, if you just want to show up and say hi, you don't even have to have a weblog to attend. So come on out for a relaxed afternoon in the park -- we'll be gathered around the southern fountain. If you're planning on attending, feel free to TrackBack this post.